The holidays are quickly approaching, and there are more than 200 events on our holidays calendar, including seasonal performances, ugly sweater parties, and festive light displays. But Seattle also has an abundance of local markets, pop-up shops, and exhibitions where you can buy local, handmade gifts for the holidays. Skip the mall this year and check out the options below instead, ranging from the Punk Rock Flea Market to the Native Art Mart.
This post was last updated on December 16, 2016.
1. Gifting Forward Fundraiser
This cash-only market will put up for sale a variety of goods and services—plus, you can decide which laudable organization or group you want your money going towards, with choices including the ACLU, Black Lives Matter, International Refugee Assistance, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and Planned Parenthood.
2. Paradiso Winter Market
This wintry "gypsy-styled" market will have a wide variety of goods on offer, including artwork, cards, masks, jewelry, scarves, and silk-screened t-shirts, all accompanied by live music.
3. Seattle Unique Boutique 2016 Holiday Extravaganza
Buy $5 drinks at this grown-up holiday market full of odd crafts and arts from 65 selected vendors. Also featuring a DJ and healers to help you through the holiday season.
4. BadWill Market: The Holiday Edition
This iteration of the monthly pop up will focus on the holidays, providing handmade and vintage goods, snacks, hot drinks, and more.
5. Glasswing Holiday Maker's Market
Shop ceramics, canvas goods, clothes, and bike accessories from local designers at this third annual market. Plus, Honor Society Coffee will provide coffee and bites until 3 pm, and Rachel's Ginger Beer will provide happy hour starting at 5 pm.
6. Holiday Mahouto Market
Shop kawaii/anime/manga-inspired art and handmade trinkets at a pretty tea house. Come in costume if you like!
7. Native Art Mart
Buy authentic Native gifts—clothing, drums, art prints, and more—from a group of diverse local artists. Then eat a baked salmon lunch or Indian tacos while you're hanging out in Discovery Park.
8. Renegade Craft Fair
The curated, high-quality RCF ("the largest independent craft fair in the world") returns to Seattle for its second year, bringing more than 200 makers, DIY workshops, seasonal food and drinks, and "sleighs of holiday cheer."
9. Annual Holiday Market
Shop for gifts from the Seattle Makers Market's local artists and artisans.
10. Handmade Arcade
On the three Sundays before Christmas, allow live music to lure you from the luscious Ballard Farmers Market to the Tractor, where you'll want to stay to browse curated indie goods from a rotating cast of 50 makers while you listen to live music. You could go home with some new "non traditional photography, recycled & reused inventions, woodwork, toys, mechanical things, robots, handcrafted tools, plant art, leather, baskets, books, collages, dioramas, gadgets, puppets, masks, [or] illustrations."
This market/festival by Rose Gold is a boon to Christmas procrastinators. Buy air-brushed art, textiles, vintage, records, poetry, paper, and other last-minute goodies. On 12/20, take part in a "psychic release"; on 12/21, make your own herbal bath kit.
12. Punk Rock Flea Market
V2 used to be a Value Village; since the closure of that venerable thrift store, it's been used as an ad hoc arts space. Well, Punk Rock Flea Market is going to show the building out with a bang, because after this holiday fair and music extravaganza, V2 is getting gutted. So come enjoy the live music (the Fe Fi Fo Fums, Childbirth, The Solvents, and the Bucharest Drinking Team) and DJs while you buy cool stuff.
13. Living Room Lumberjack Holiday Party + Mini Market
Living Room Lumberjack will host this holiday party and mini market that will feature a screening of Die Hard, drinks and snacks, holiday tunes, and vendors including ReRunRoom, Ghost Gallery, Open the Cellar Door, and Capitol Hill Candle Co.
14. Art Market and SNAPS Fundraiser
SNAPS, the Safe Night Access Project Seattle, is a harm-reduction organization for and by current and former sex workers. Help them fundraise by purchasing art or donate clean "socks, hats, gloves, and other winter gear." Vendors include Yasmin Creative, Raychelle Duazo, Esra Comert-Morishige, Mend My Dress Press, Olivia Morrow, Fatima Arain, and others. Cash bar available too.
THROUGH DECEMBER 23
15. 55th Annual Holiday Exhibition
Consider buying from local artists for the holidays this year. New and recently acquired small-scale pieces will be on display and available for purchase at this Woodside/Braseth Gallery exhibition, featuring Victoria Adams, Guy Anderson, Nathan DiPietro, Barbara Earl Thomas, and many more. Meet the artists at a champagne and cocktail reception on December 8.
16. Holiday Pop-Up Show and Sale
Stock up on gifts and affordable glass art at this holiday show and sale featuring local and regional artists.
THROUGH DECEMBER 24
17. Holiday Market at Westlake Park
If "German Christmas market" is the holiday market vibe you're after, check out the Downtown Seattle Association and Urban Craft Uprising's event: 24 outdoor booths of curated crafts and goods, which will rotate each week during the monthlong event. You'll be outside, you'll be prepared for the holidays, and you'll be happy.
18. Reindeer Festival
Keep the holidays green and growing: shop plants and holiday paraphernalia at Swanson's! Get your Christmas tree, wreath, or arrangement, meet adorable reindeer, imagine yourself as a tiny passenger in the model train village, and check out the cat-and-dog-happy Seattle Humane Maxmobile on December 8 and 23 (from 3-6 pm) for adoptable friends. Some shopping days will even feature live music. Don't forget to bring a non-perishable food item for the Ballard Food Bank.
19. Seward Park Clay Studio Holiday Sale
Buy handcrafted clay goods—from functional kitchenware to works of art—at this holiday market. They'll have late-night shopping available on December 7 and 15, and a "wearable art weekend" (presumably focused on jewelry) on December 10 and 11. Plus, on December 17, they promise coffee/tea/"goodies" to accompany their handmade cups.
THROUGH JAN 8
20. Holiday Show and Festival of Ornaments
Celebrate the holiday season in the Main Gallery with a "festival of ornaments" and holiday show featuring artists including Kathryn & Bill Booze, Karen Dedrickson, Carol Hershman, Shari Kaufman, Christine Lee, Elinor Maroney, and Olivia Zapata.
THROUGH FEBRUARY 5
21. 10th Annual Holiday Mini Art Extravaganza
Enjoy hundreds of examples of miniature art—and stock up on affordable gifts for art lovers—at this exhibit featuring works by local and global artists. Don't holiday-shop without this place.